Downs After Dark returns this Saturday at Churchill Downs with nighttime racing program for Stephen Foster Handicap night. The night features 11 races headlined by the 36th running of $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by GE Appliances (Grade I) – one the nation’s premier events for older horses. The 1 1/8-mile Foster is the richest of five graded stakes races on an evening that will feature total purses in excess of $1.3 million, making it the most lucrative racing day for horsemen at Churchill Downs outside of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks programs.
The headliner for the Stephen Foster is expected to be Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner. Gun Runner won last fall’s Clark Handicap (Grade I) and was runner-up to top-ranked Arrogate in March’s Dubai World Cup (GI). Overall, the Kentucky-bred son of Candy Ride (ARG) has a 14-7-3-2 record with $4,337,800 in earnings.
Head to Churchill Downs for complete Barn Notes on this upcoming weekend’s races.